Damion A.

$38.00 / hr

San Francisco, CA

About Damion

My name is Damion Anderson I am 45yr old father of 4 and former amateur strongman competitor. I have worked in health care for nearly 20 years in the fields of mental health and geriatrics. I was encouraged to be a nurse by my Aunt who was an RN herself who said she felt I had the heart and soul to be a good one as she put it. Shortly after her passing I entered into a Vocational Nursing program and I have never looked back or regretted the decision. Over my 15yr nursing career I've learned allot about patience and understanding learned that my patients were more than just a disease and I strived to get to know them as people so that I could tailor my care to them as individuals and strived to learn the subtle things that would help me meet their needs as well. I always advocated and treated anyone under my care like they are my own family I would give the care that I wanted given to my own family. I can't nail down one thing that I am most proud of in my career because I've always viewed what I did as more than just a job I feel being a nurse is more than just taking care of the patient but also the family and being the voice of reason, ear to listen and shoulder to cry on or person to just yell at as I've done all these things. The one thing that stands out for me was my families trust in me and allowing me to be my grandfathers Hospice nurse and transitioning him out with the dignity, respect and care that he deserved.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

  • Bathing
  • Dressing & Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Prep
  • Groceries & Shopping
  • Transferring & Mobility
  • Exercise
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship

Job Interests

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Short Term
  • Holiday Shifts

Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.

Skills & Expertise

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post Surgery Recovery
  • Renal and Urological Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Tracheotomy / Ventilation
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

Wellness Director

Jul 2019 - Present
Meadow Garden of Menlo Park
Responsible for the comprehensive delivery of personal care services to residents on a day-to-day basis following required regulatory requirements. I ensured that our residents are treated with respect and dignity, and that the quality of my residents' healthcare needs changed as their needs changed. As the Wellness Director I am responsible to coordinate, train, and supervise resident care staff in accordance with the residents' needs, state regulations, and Meridian policies and procedures all while maintaining current documentation as outlined by licensing and the state. Coordinate and work with any outside agency needed to meet resident needs as well as communicate with families to ensure all needs were being met. Assess all potential new residents for appropriateness and determining proper level of care as well as communicating with Doctors and families ensured proper staffing and budgetary parameters were met. Stand in ED when she is out of the building or on vacation
Jul 2019 - Present

Senior Charge Nurse

May 2006 - Jul 2019
Los Gatos Meadows
Charge Nurse for 39 bed skilled nursing unit provided leadership and supervision of the licensed and certified medical staff in a manner that models professional behavior. Made regular rounds and provided leadership as well as clinical intervention as indicated. Served as liaison, resolving patient and family issues as needed. Responsible for all medications and treatments. Practiced nursing in a manner consistent with regulations, established procedures and protocols in assuring that physician orders are adhered to. Accurately documents in the resident's medical record observations, assessments and progress notes to reflect resident's regimen.
May 2006 - Jul 2019

DSD

Dec 2015 - Aug 2016
Los Gatos Meadows
Provided orientation to new employees in the nursing department and Ongoing in-service education. Performed initial and annual clinical competency for C.N.A's & Licensed Nurses. I was responsible for the health screening, disaster planning, and coordination of "All Staff" in-Service. Coordinated team training, enrichment program and nutrition and dining program. Acted as the lead staff person, overseeing the Person Centered Care Program. Maintains education records in accordance with State, Federal regulations, and JCAHO standards on an ongoing basis. Identify clinical areas of improvement & completes QI Study. Coordinates CNA's and nursing staff with participation in PCC program. Educated and acted as a resource person to CNA's and nursing staff for PCC program. Evaluated effectiveness of program objectives with Administrator and DON to ensure program is meeting needs and goals of residents. Participated in committee meetings as requested
Dec 2015 - Aug 2016

Medication Nurse (Part Time) 99bed Locked Unit

Jul 2011 - Jan 2012
7th Avenue Mental Health
Obtain clarification on medication orders that are unclear. Read Back and receive confirmation on all telephone orders. Provide medication education on all new medications and respond to additional questions or concerns the patient may have regarding medications. Document medication variances and/or adverse drug reactions on the appropriate form and notify the patient, practitioner and facility leadership as directed per policy. Control access to the medication rooms and/or medication dispensing machines in accordance with facility policy. Ensure medication room and equipment is clean, including no personal belongings in the medication room.
Jul 2011 - Jan 2012

Maric College - San Diego

Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
San Diego, CA
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
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